Company Pictures

ITVSGE strikes deal with Kate Sinclair’s Alchemy Entertainment

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVSGE) has struck a first-look deal with Alchemy Entertainment, the recently launched production outfit from former Company Pictures exec Kate Sinclair. Sinclair (pictured) set up Alchemy earlier this year after being an executive producer at the UK prodco The Forge for three years, where she was behind shows including BBC1 and […]

Acorn TV joins Virgin Media thriller

Acorn Media Enterprises has inked a copro deal with All3Media International, Company Pictures and Element for Blood, a thriller commissioned by Virgin Media Television (VMT). Under the deal, Blood will make its North American debut on RLJ Entertainment-owned SVoD Acorn TV as an Acorn TV Original in the US and Canada. Acorn will also coproduce the […]

Sovereign drama

Top drama producers tell Jesse Whittock about the small screen’s enduring fascination with royalty. The £100 million (US$125 million) budget Netflix’s drama The Crown (above) was reportedly handed isn’t quite the estimated £369 million it’s going to take to renovate Buckingham Palace’s 775 rooms, but is certainly one of the biggest purses to which a […]

All3, Undercover Boss chief form reality prodco

All3Media America has formally brought Undercover Boss showrunner Chris Carlson into the fold. Carlson will head up reality producer Commonwealth Unscripted, the eleventh producer in the All3Media-owned All3 America stable. The LA-based firm will look to create new unscripted programming for US broadcasters, while also overseeing production of the Emmy-winning Undercover Boss US, which airs […]

Ex-Mammoth Screen chief to run Company Pics

Michele Buck, who recently left Mammoth Screen, has been appointed CEO of Wolf Hall coproducer Company Pictures. This comes after she stepped down from her post as joint managing director of drama house Mammoth following ITV’s acquisition of the firm and three months after Company MD John Yorke left his post. Buck will assume her […]

Amazon buys The White Queen

Amazon has taken exclusive US streaming rights to period drama The White Queen. The series will be made available on the Prime Instant Video service in the US and Amazon has snagged exclusive US streaming rights. The show is produced by UK prodco Company Pictures for premium cable net Starz in the US and the […]

New Worlds for Super Channel, M-Net

Big-budget period drama New Worlds has sold to channels in Canada and pan-Africa. The Power-distributed miniseries, packaged in 4x60mins and 2x120mins formats, has gone to Super Channel in Canada and pan-African pay TV channel provider M-Net. Power also closed home entertainment deals in the US, Canada and Thailand. The show has already licensed to SBS […]

Company Pics founder forges All3-backed indie

Company Pictures co-founder George Faber has launched a drama indie with financial backing from UK-based production giant All3Media. The Forge, which Faber set up in June, is up and running with its first commission, an 8pm midweek drama for UK broadcaster Channel 4 called The ABC (WT). Forge has also secured a five-year distribution deal […]

TF1 buys UK drama The Missing

France’s leading commercial broadcaster TF1 has prebought The Missing, the upcoming UK drama about a father searching for his kidnapped son. The series is the first from ex-Company Pictures boss Charlie Pattinson’s New Pictures (pictured). The production company is backed by All3Media and its international arm is selling the show internationally. The BBC will air […]

Discovery, Liberty set for $933m All3Media takeover

Discovery Communications and Liberty Global have reportedly paired up to acquire UK production powerhouse All3Media for around £550 million (US$933 million). Discovery and Liberty, which are both backed by US cable TV mogul John Malone, are due to formally announce the deal tomorrow, according to Sky News, which broke the news this morning. It is […]

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